Questions tagged [external-applications]

Questions about Blender involving other applications, such as external render engines.

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How to run an external command, showing its progress without locking Blender? (Escape to cancel for eg)

Currently if you run an external process from Python the command and locks Blender until it finishes, eg:subprocess.check_output(["sleep", "2"]). Whats the best ...
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Is there a way to export an object to Unity 3D while keeping any applied textures?

I exported a .fbx file to Unity 3D, but it retained none of the applied textures. Is there a way to create a textured model in Blender and export it into Unity ...
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Importing python modules and text files

I am new to blender, but not python, and have been asked to create a user-input dependent, stylized animation of a protein network I am working with: text document >> information processed by python-...
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Blender and pycharm

I'm trying to configure pycharm so it can autocomplete blender python. When searching the web, I only found a solution to autocomplete bge. This was done using preconfigurated files though. Is there a ...
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How is Cycles different from V-Ray?

From what I know, V-Ray is the most realistic render engine out there. But, I also know that Cycles is physically accurate. How is Cycles different from V-Ray and what are the major differences when ...
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How do I control refractive properties realistically?

I know a bit about controlling dispersion, but I am interested in learning how to use IOR (index of refraction) to mimic specific materials, like a sodium-rich glass. What is the best way to ...
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Messed up Blender models when exporting to Unity3D

I have modeled a simple pocket watch in Blender. Every time I import it into Unity3D, regardless of whether I export it from Blender as an FBX or 3ds file, it always comes out missing faces! Why is ...
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Can I import Autodesk Inventor 2016 models?

I am working on a new video game idea and am well versed in Inventor 2016, but, new to Blender. How might I import my Inventor models into Blender 2.77?
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Is there any way to connect blender to processing?

I would like to produce processing style effects in blender or other traditional applications, either 2d or 3d. I have been looking for ways to connect the language to blender through blender's ...
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How can the Blender API be used to access Blender from another application?

Take Openshot for example. It has some form of Blender integration and is written in Python. I'm not sure if it directly accesses Blender's API or if it simply generates a ...
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Animated object exported to fbx does not have any animation

I have 2 animations currently on a sword that I have modeled and when I export the object as a fbx into my game engine Unity it seems to not bring the animations along with it. Here are the export ...
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Stretchable pipe (for export to Unity)

I'm trying to create a pipe that will bend and stretch, which I can then export to Unity. Bending I can do, but I have no idea how or if I could stretch. Is it possible? Thanks :) What I'm aiming for ...
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What are some 3rd party rendering engines available for Blender?

What are some 3rd party rendering engines available for Blender? I am using the internal blender render and I keep hearing in tutorials (blenderguru) that it is better to use an external render engine....
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Procedural Snow with Particles

Basically, I want to have a quick way of simulating snow. My plan was to use particles to simulate where snow would fall, but I can't figure out a workflow. The only tutorial/article that I could find ...
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Controling and getting feedback for robots in Blender [duplicate]

Is it possible to control, and get feedback for robots in Blender using the python API? I'd like to have proxy objects in Blender, that I can control, that will control my reallife robot, but also ...
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How to properly export scene to 3ds Max?

How can I export 3D geometry object/scene, camera and textures to a .3DS format? I tried importing the file I created into 3DsMax but it didn't work properly.
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How to use particles in Yafaray

So I'm starting to use Yafaray for my projects, but I noticed it doesn't support Blender's particle system yet. I heard someone say that the best way to have those particle systems to render in Yafa ...
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Is there a way to use renderman in blender?

The free version of renderman is coming out soon and I'm wondering if it can be pluged into blender. Is there a way to use renderman in blender?
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How to use MakeHuman materials?

I made a model from MakeHuman. I want to add the color of the eyes, of the skin.... I have these materials on the right side: I don't know how to use them. Thank you
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External image editor not found?

When I try to quick edit in texture paint I get an error saying that it couldn't find an image editor even though there is one (see photo)
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How to import a rig and animation from maya?

Whenever I export the file from maya to fbx and import into blender, the rig changes and the animation it doesn't work like it should. I tried exporting to a dae and importing into blender, but there'...
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Exporting fbx animations to ue4

I am using blender to animate a skeletal mesh and then export it in FBX format. I exported with Z axis as up and positive X as forward There are certain problems with it. Importing only the mesh ...
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Camera facing backwards when exported as FBX and imported to Fusion 7

Similar to this question: I exported a motion tracked camera and some geometry from blender to be opened in Fusion 7. I used the FBX exporter using the default settings (-Z Forward, Y up). Scene in ...
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Blender - Flamenco local server setup

I am in a process of installing a local Blender Flamenco server on Debian Stretch. So I first downloaded all the source files for key components: Flamenco: https://developer.blender.org/diffusion/F/...
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How to use the new render pass API for an external renderer?

I am developing an addon for an external renderer and want to register custom render passes. Last time I implemented this feature I had to resort to images because Blender only had hardcoded render ...
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“wire_mat_gui” add-on, how to render wireframe with visible edges only?

I'm trying to render a wireframe combined with solid using this addon, but for some reason it shows some edges that should be hidden. I made some research but couldn't find anything as I don't know ...
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Can we integrate Sensors to blender

I wanted to Build a physical Game in sense of having an external sensor like heart rate or light sensor sending data to Blender engine and use these data to move object or do something within the game ...
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Import camera information from Sketchup

Is there a way to import Sketchup scenes into Blender as cameras? I can get the geometry into Blender without any problems; my issue is that I'd also like to bring along the scene viewpoint as a ...
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Python scripting Blender with Luxrender

Do you know how could I render a scene with luxrender using the python API of blender and luxrender ? I found their Python API, but I don't find a way to render the scene thanks to luxrender with a ...
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Weight paint maps in/out of Blender to allow editing in Photoshop or other

I have seen this thread: How can I use an image texture as a guide for weight painting? and it allows me to use textures as a guide for weight painting... but is it possible to get weight paint maps ...
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How can I import an obj sequence into blender?

I have an obj sequence of a fluid simulation from Realflow. I've found a few tools that can import an obj sequence into blender, but most are outdated and don't work. Are there any scripts or plug-ins ...
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How to adjust light's strength in LuxRender?

I have just installed LuxRender. I know how to do change the strength of lamps with Cycles but it seems that settings change for each render engine. Could someone please help me to adjust the light's ...
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Which external renderer should I use for architectural visualization?

I use Blender mainly for creating architectural renders. I love Cycles, it's nodes, quality, realism, everything about it, except for it's speed and noise. An indoor night-time scene with a lot of ...
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Modify a blend file via console outside of GUI

I have built a little 'smart' robot using a Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Currently it can move around, sense obstacles, determine if it can pass, etc. My biggest problem so far is that it is completely "...
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Arm resets position when exported?

So in edit mode when I export my hand model into unity 3d, the hand resets its position, but when I go into edit mode the hand also goes back to its original position. I have a animation with it, so ...
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Import OpenVDB files?

Is there any way to import OpenVDB files into Blender for rendering, exported from Houdini? Will there be an option in Blender 2.8 (stable) or is there any other build that supports Houdini's ...
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Fixing non-manifold edge for 3d printing

I need to print out a toothed ring but it prints out as a disk, ie with the ring filled in. On checking the stl file in blender it has non-manifold edges and I think these confuse the printer. I can ...
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Error when baking molecular script addon

I was trying to make a simulation where two blocks made of icospheres collided, one being completely obliterated, the other intact with pieces of the other sticking to it. I had the entire particle ...
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Is there a way to integrate other software in a Blender pipeline? [closed]

I'm considering starting a small studio, but the people I know do not use Blender. Is there any known way to effectively integrate other programs into a pipeline like Maya and After Effects with ...
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Why Blender and git seems like working so well together?

Blender and git seems like working exceptionally well together! I took some tests with hundred of megabyte files and versioned these several times.. the result was a git folder of just a couple of MB....
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Luxrender - How to select API 2.x?

I've searched around for a way to preview a Luxrender render in Blender's viewport but cannot seem to find the solution to this error. When I click the render mode for the viewport it comes up with: ...
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Zbrush model, Blender animation

I'm new in game modeling and animation, and i really liked how zbrush works, but blender is better in animation, much easier, but too difficult with modeling. Can i animate a model made in zbrush ? if ...
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External commands sent to Python Interactive Console?

Comrades, I figured out how to open a .blend file using an separate/external Python script, I would now like to know how to send instructions to the Python Interactive Console? The code below is run ...
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Use Visual Studio for Blender Python scripting

I'm starting to understand how can scripting make the use of Blender easy. However, I'm accommodated to Visual Studio's Intellisense and I don't know the Blender python API so it would be beneficial ...
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Have blender automatically monitor textures for changes?

Currently my workflow consists of photoshop on one monitor and Blender on the other. Whenever I save in Photoshop, I have to manually switch to blender and do Alt-R to reload the texture which can be ...
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Is it possible to increase the dynamic range of 'External Quick Edit'?

I use Tools -> External-> Quick Edit in the Texture Paint mode to enhance baked textures. While the renders I overlay are in 32-bit dynamic range the Quick Edit image is 8-bit. Is it possible to ...
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How to import NGONS from Lightwave to Blender?

I don't want meshes to be triangulated. Is there a way to keep Ngons when importing objects from Lightwave into Blender
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Controlling robot servo arm (in real-time) via 3d model in blender

I am trying to create and control a robot arm (made of servos) via it's 3D model. I am big fan of Justin Dailey's work -- he was one of the first few people to accomplish this but his 7 year old ...
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After Effects Track (Script) to Blender mismatches the scene and the video footage

Following this tutorial, I successfully tracked my footage in AE, which looked like a really good track. I downloaded ATOM_AE2Blender27_05302014.zip from this website and ran that script ...
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How to create custom Web panel?

We try to create connector between blender and our database system. How to create custom WEB (online) panel? May be my some wraps by Python / QT? And call from Web some blender action like open ...